Lens hacking with Adobe Camera Raw
One possible reason why people give up on lens hacking is that they’re not shooting RAW and adjusting the RAW files. Several images like the one on the left would be a good reason to either give up on lens hacking or search YouTube for Camera RAW tutorials.
If your version of Photoshop will not open your camera’s RAW files, go to Adobe’s website and download their free DNG converter. Once you get your images converted to DNGs, you can open them in any version of Photoshop.
Just double click on the RAW file and make your adjustments with the buttons below the histogram.
Open the RAW file, make the adjustments and save it as a PSD. When you’re ready to upload or print it, convert it to a jpg. It’s really not that difficult.
A few words about the lens
The pre-war Carl Zeiss Jena 5.8 cm f/2 Biotar serial number 2009108 was made in 1937 according to published reports. Lenses numbered 1,930,150 – 2,219,775 were made in 1937, two years after Kodachrome and one year after Agfacolor Neu were introduced.
During the 1930s, if your lens had an air bubble in the glass it was an excellent lens. This Biotar has two and it was made for the Exakta.
Lens hacking with Photomatix Pro
A popular misconception is that Photomatix needs a bracketed set of at least three images. It doesn’t.
A pseudo HDR image can be created with a single 16 bit RAW image, but unlike older versions of Adobe Camera RAW, a conversion to DNG is not necessary. Because the processed image has to be saved as a 8-BIT TIFF, 16-BIT TIFF or a JPG, an image editor like Photoshop Elements or Gimp is needed to make more adjustments, resize and crop.